ABOVE PHOTO: Rev. Dr. Damone B. Jones
The Rev. Dr. Damone B. Jones, Senior Pastor at Bible Way Baptist Church in West Philadelphia has been appointed as Chairman of the Board of Trustees for the Philadelphia Prison System by Mayor Michael Nutter. The Board of Trustees’ primary role is to provide guidance and oversight of operations within the Philadelphia Prison System. This includes measuring and controlling the population of the prison, as well educating and preparing inmates for re-entry into society.
Rev. Jones earned his Bachelor of Science and Master of Science Degrees from Philadelphia Biblical University. He earned a Doctor of Ministry Degree from Palmer Theological Seminary.
Rev. Jones has a passion for helping at-risk youth. It fostered his commitment to serve at the Philadelphia Youth Detention Center as Coordinating Chaplain, as a panelist for the District Attorney’s Youth Aid Panel, and as President of the Police Clergy Program in the 19th Police District. Dr. Jones also served his community as a member of the Board of Directors for the Carroll Park Community Council.
In 2001, Mayor John F. Street appointed Rev. Jones to the City of Philadelphia’s Board of Ethics and to a Blue Ribbon Commission on Children’s Behavioral Health for Philadelphia in 2006. Rev. Jones was appointed by Mayor Nutter to the Advisory Board of the Mayor’s Office of Community Services in 2008 and to the again to the Philadelphia Board of Ethics in 2009. In 2010, Mayor Nutter appointed Rev. Jones to the Board of Trustees of the Philadelphia Prison System. In December 2014, then Governor elect Tom Wolfe appointed Rev. Jones to his Transition Team for Corrections in Pennsylvania. Rev. Jones is the successor of Attorney/Philanthropist Steven Madva, who retired as the PPS’ Chairman of the Board of Trustees in January, 2015. Mr. Madva served as Chairman since 2008.